Between 17 – 19 May, Tismana Monastery hosted the works of the National Student Symposium on the “Sacraments of Baptism and Matrimony in the Holy Scripture”. On this occasion, the volume of studies was released, called âFundamentele biblice ale Crezului Niceo-Constantinopolitan. Repere istorico-dogmaticeâ (Biblical Foundations of the Niceo-Constantinopolitan Creed. Historical-Dogmatic References), published at the Publishing House of âMitropolia Oltenieiâ.Â
The activity, which reached its fourth edition this year, was organised with the blessing of His Eminence Irineu, Metropolitan Bishop of Oltenia, by the Faculty of Theology of Craiova, by means of the department of biblical subjects, in partnership with the Archiepiscopy of Craiovei and Tismana Monastery. During the three days of work (17 â 19 May), 23 students from more faculties of theology in the country have sustained in plenary the papers prepared and held discussions on the subject set forth.Â
A Symposium with Tradition
The works ended on Thursday, 19 May, with a recompense festivity. In the opening of the ceremony, Univ. Lect. Iulian Mihai Constantinescu PhD transmitted to those that attended the event a message of blessing from His Eminence the Metropolitan Bishop Irineu and emphasised the positive evolution of the Symposium during the four years: âOur meetings here, from the Lavra of Saint Nicodemus of Tismana have already become a tradition for our faculty of theology. We are now at the fourth edition of the Symposium and, with the blessing of His Eminence Father Irineu, we managed to point out, through the works sustained, the main aspects of the Sacrament of the Holy Baptism and Matrimony, thus classifying ourselves into the arrangement set forth by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church for the current year. We are greatly delighted to see how the quality of the papers presented here increases visibly from one year to another, through your involvement.â
Â A New Editorial Apparition
Also during the event, the volume of studies âFundamentele biblice ale Crezului Niceo-Constantinopolitan. Repere istorico-dogmaticeâ was also released, which was recently published by the Publishing House of âMitropolia Oltenieiâ. The work incorporates the papers sustained by students last year within the third edition of the National Student Symposium of Tismana. In this context, Univ. Prep. Mihai Ciurea, PhD, read out the messages of appreciation received from several specialists and professors from all over the country. “Besides that fact it drew an impressive number of theological students from all over the country, the special scientific quality of last yearâs seminar is confirmed before us by the edited volume, which has a remarkable graphical quality, perfection and artistic form. The volume we all admire is an actual manifestation of the spiritual noblesse, artistic gentleness, spiritual graciousness of the authors, which proves once more the undeniable quality of your activityâ, said Prof. Cristiana Teodorescu, PhD, the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Letter of Craiova and Manager of the Quality and Image Department within the University of Craiova.
Deacon IoniĹŁÄ Apostolache, Newspaper âLuminaâ, 21 May 2011